Sharapova Stunned At Indian Wells, Bouchard Exits

Tennis: Osaka ousts former No. 1 Sharapova at Indian Wells

Tennis: Sharapova crashes out of Indian Wells

Naomi Osaka caused a relatively huge shock as she stunned five-time Grand Slam champion and two-time Indian Wells champion Maria Sharapova in the opening round of the 2018 BNP Paribas Open, overcoming the odds to prevail in this late-night blockbuster encounter.

The win offers the former world No.4 Stosur the chance to re-enter the top 40, where she has only spent one week since August.

This is her second first round loss in a row after she withdrew from the WTA Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships last month with a forearm injury.

She trailed 4-1 in the first set before holding serve at 4-all.

Sharapova, who returned to the tour in April a year ago after a 15-month doping ban, fought back to 4-4 but then a double fault handed Osaka a set point which she took.

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In earlier action, American teenager Amanda Anisimova recorded her first top-level victory with a 6-2 6-2 thrashing of Pauline Parmentier.

In other action, former Wimbledon finalist Eugenie Bouchard crashed out, losing 6-3, 6-4 to Sachia Vickery of the United States.

Meanwhile, Yuki Bhambri outsmarted Ramkumar Ramanathan in the battle of top Indians to qualify for the Indian Wells ATP Masters event, his first 1000 series tournament in nine years. The Australian received a bye into the second round and beat the 22-year-old in their only clash in 2016.

Osaka broke serve five times to win 6-4 6-4 in one hour and 35 minutes at the WTA Premier event.

In his opening round in the main draw, Yuki will fight it out with fellow qualifier Nicolas Mahut, ranked 101, and if he manages to cross the first hurdle he will be up against world number 12 Lucas Pouille from France.

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